Qatari Envoy to Visit Gaza as Hamas Seeks Increase in Aid


The Qatari envoy, Mohammed al-Emadi, attends a press conference at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Gaza. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Qatari envoy Mohammed al-Emadi is expected to arrive in Gaza on Wednesday as Hamas seeks an increase in the monthly aid Qatar allocates the strip, Palestinian media reported.

Ramallah-based Al-Ayyam said that Doha has until now transferred $24 million in aid, not $30 million as was previously reported. Of the funds received, $10 million is said to have been used for Gaza’s main power plant, another $10 million for families in need, and $4 million as salaries to Gazan officials who are not paid by the Palestinian Authority.

A source told Al-Ayyam that talks will revolve around increasing the monthly aid to $30 million. The demands were also discussed in high-level talks, including between Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

Al-Emadi is also the head of Qatar’s Gaza Reconstruction Committee.

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